One Japanese Bus Company's Solution To Travel In The Covid-19 Era

Gif: NHK

Willer Express is an overnight highway bus company that transports travelers between locations like Tokyo and Osaka. For many, being on a bus for a long period of time sounds worrisome during the novel coronavirus pandemic.


Kotaku previously introduced the company’s space buses.

As NHK reports, the bus company is trying its best to ensure the safety of passengers. The bus driver, decked out in a face shield and mask, checks each passenger’s temperature before boarding. In each seat, there is a white disposable cover attached to the gray sleep shade, which passengers can pull over themselves. The air on the bus is filtered approximately every five minutes.

These seem like good steps, I guess. However, I wonder if face covers like this will be introduced on airplanes. The sleep shades probably seem okay if you were sleeping (that’s what they were used for pre-covid), but otherwise, with the added disposable cover they look even more unpleasant for people who are claustrophobic.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.



Honestly, I’ll take this just to stop the person next to me from trying to talk to me.